Post #5: Reflecting on Communication Differences

In my last discussion post, I discussed the country report I wrote for my supervisor as a proof of concept for an undergraduate activity. When I showed Mr. Gillanders—my supervisor, France’s completed country report, he was very pleased with my work and expressed his plan to incorporate it as an undergraduate activity.  As my next…

Midway Already!

I can’t believe we are already halfway done with our projects! The amount of knowledge and insight I have already gained is immense and I can’t wait to learn more as we encounter the next half of our research. As we faced our midpoint meetings, my group and I have already gained very insightful feedback…

The End of a Journey

I am about to arrive back in Madrid for the last time after traveling around Europe with my family for two weeks. I would highly recommend this if your family likes to travel, it was a great way to end my program and will give me an easier transition back into my normal life. Looking…

My 4 Tips for Studying in Madrid

Here are a few tips that really helped me cut costs and become part of the Spanish culture. If anyone would like more specific tips about studying in Madrid such as transportation or area recommendations please feel free to reach out. 1. Do your research and plan ahead (traveling). This should go almost without saying…

The Pros and Cons of Traveling

Traveling the world was what I was most looking forward to before coming to Spain. I had a list of countries and locations that I had in my mind using recommendations given to me from friends and family. So far, my travels have taken me to Italy, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Hungary and many different…

Cultural Differences

Before coming to Spain, I had only a general idea of what Spanish culture would be like, especially since I would be living more as a local than a tourist. Tapas, late nights, beautiful architecture and a long-complicated history were the few things I was told. However, after talking with Spanish citizens and learning a…

Introduction ISA Madrid

My name is Casey Eisenberg and I am a third-year student at Pitt with a major in Business Information Systems Major, a minor in Spanish and a certificate in International Business. I am a part of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity where I served as IT chair for my second and third semester….

Czech’d that box!

To say this summer was an amazing experience would be an understatement. I began this journey a little wary about how I would feel about such a big lifestyle change. There were still so many moving parts at the time; I didn’t know what people I would meet, what cultural differences there were, what my…

Remember Dublin?

Well, I’ve returned from Dublin and have settled back into my old routine pre-departure. Looking back on my time in Ireland, it felt like I was living a different life. I went from living and working in the city and traveling around Ireland on weekends to going right back to my job at Target and…